Yes, there is. I 'hear' noise, but I do not 'listen to' it.Originally Posted by pidr1nhu
I hope that sentence is clear, but to clarify - one 'hears' passively, but to 'listen' is an active decision.
As for your grammatical question, 'to hear' may be both a transitive and intransitive verb - "I hear" (intransitive), or "I hear music" (transitive). 'To listen' in contrast may only be intransitive, and so requires an indirect object fashioned from a dative or ablative clause - "I listen TO classical music", "I listen FOR the slightest disturbance", "I listen BY the fire", "I listen WITH my ears".